National Award for Madeira …”BUT WHAT HAS HE DONE?”

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What has Jones P. Madeira done for journalism in Trinidad and Tobago?

Ask the majority of journalists, active and retired and see what they would say.

Lady Luck is on Madeira’s side as he has been awarded the Chaconia (Gold) Medal for 2018.

Can anyone single out one article or one story which stands out as one of Madeira’s top products? None, many would say.

His good friend, Chief Justice Ivor Archie, as chairman of the National Awards Committee, has ensured that the aging journalist gets on the list of awardees for 2018.

Imagine Madeira is getting the award for “long and meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago.”

So what has been Madeira’s claim to fame?

He was  broadcast journalist on TTT. Everyone will remember he was one of the hostages at TTT during the 1990 attempted coup. He was quoted in the media on Monday as saying he held the hostages together at the time of the crisis.

But the insurgents have a different version and they have been consistent over the years. Madeira was the most frightened of the hostages. Like Raoul Pantin, Madeira never recovered from those wounds.

He and then moved to Radio Trinidad when the Ansa Mc Al Group wanted to boost that station with experienced broadcast journalists.

In 1993, when Ansa McAl decided to ‘retire’ Therese Mills as the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, they brought in Madeira. Chalk and Cheese! Well, Madeira ran into problems in early 1996 when then Prime Minister Basdeo Panday had issues with Madeira at the Guardian.

Madeira was able to get most of the other editors to line up behind him and walk off the job. They included Maxie Cuffie and Sunity Maharaj. The Guardian was never the same again after that infamous walkout.

Madeira and the crew went and formed the weekly, the Independent, but that did not last long as the Red House fire.

With no where to turn in the media, Madeira opted to turn to corporate communications and soon then Prime Minister Patrick Manning gave him a bligh in the Ministry of Health.

When Manning decided to close TTT in 2005, Madeira became one of the directors of the new CNMG. Ironically, it was the same Madeira who gave advice to close CNMG and revert to TTT.

Then came his biggest chance. When Archie became Chief Justice, Madeira soon became Manager, Protocol and Information, although he was clueless on protocol matters. Nothing improved in the Judiciary.

When Therese Mills died in 2014, Newsday saw Madeira as the saviour. But very soon, management realized that Madeira was not the answer so they went for Judy Raymond.

Madeira hangs on as editorial consultant. But the question remains – what has Madeira done to deserve such an award? There are more deserving journalists!!!
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JONES P. MADEIRA
The following is the list of awardees for 2018.
The Order of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago
O.R.T.T
 
 
For Distinguished and Outstanding Service to Trinidad and Tobago
Name                                      Status                                     In the Sphere of:
 
Mr. Wendell Mottley              Former Minister                      National Development/
                                      Finance/Athlete                       Public Service
 
 
The Chaconia Medal
GOLD)
                                               
For Long and Meritorious
Service to Trinidad and Tobago
Name                                      Status                                     In the Sphere of:
 
Mr. Jones P. Madeira                                                Editorial Executive                 Public Service/ Journalism                                                                  Consultant                                                      
 
Dr. Romesh Mootoo               Medical Practitioner                Medicine/ Health
 
Dr. Waveney Charles              Haemotologist                         Medicine
 
Mr. Ewart Williams                 Former Governor                    Public Service
                                                of Central Bank of
                                                Trinidad and Tobago
  
Mrs. Joan Yuille Williams       Former Minister of                   Culture/Public Service                                                                       Community Development      
                                                and Gender Affairs
                                                                                                                                                           
 
The Chaconia Medal
 (SILVER)
 
For Long and Meritorious
Service to Trinidad and Tobago
Name                                      Status                                     In the Sphere of:
 
Dr. Clifford Alexis                 Musical Instrument                 Culture/ Community Service
                                                Specialist/ Educator/              
                                                Composer                                                                   
                                               
Mr. Neville Jules                     Retired Pan Player                  Culture/Community Service
Tuner, Arranger of                                                     
                                                All Stars Steel Orchestra                                            
 
Mr. Roy Narinesingh              Publisher/ Author/                   Education
Editor             
 
Pundit Seereeram Maharaj      Pundit                                     Religion/Culture
 
Dr. Kern Tobias                      President Caribbean                Community Service
Union Conference                  
 
Pundit Bhownath Maraj         Pundit                                                 Religion/Culture
           
 
The Hummingbird Medal
 (GOLD)
 
 
For Loyal and Devoted
Service to Trinidad and Tobago
Name                                      Status                                     In the Sphere of:
 
Mr. Kent Bede Bernard          Court Case Worker-                Sport
USA                                                               
                                                                         
 
Mrs. Hazel Thompson-            Attorney at Law                     Public Service/Youth Development
Ahye
 
Mrs. Angela Murphy               Physiotherapist                        Medicine/Health
 
Breastfeeding Association of                                                             Community Service/Health
Trinidad and Tobago                                                             
                                                                                                           
 
Dr. Helene Marceau-               Medical Doctor/                      Medicine/Psychiatrist/Public Service
Crooks
 
Mr. Winston “Explainer”        Calypsonian                            Culture/Education
Henry
 
Dr. Ian Anthony Hypolite      Psychiatrist/ Athletic               Sport Coach
 
Dr. Varma Deyalsingh            Family Doctor &                      Medicine/Health                                                                                Psychiatrist                                                                 
 
Mr. Thomas E. Lawrence        Chairman                                 Public Service
Trinidad and Tobago
Civil Aviation Authority
And Retired Airline Captain,
Check Airman
 
The Hummingbird Medal
 (SILVER)
 
For Loyal and Devoted
Service to Trinidad and Tobago
Name                                      Status                                     In the Sphere of:
 
Mr. Michael Paul                     Retired Technician                  Sport/ Community Service
                                                (TSTT)                                                
 
Haji Mohammed Hosein         Retired School                                    Sport/Education
                                                Principal
 
Mr. Narrie Aproo                    Black Indian                           Culture/Community Service
                                                Masquerader                                                  
 
Mr. Keith Thomas                   Swim Coach                            Community Service/
                                                                                                Youth Development
 
Mr. Arnold Alpheus               Lead Baritone                           Culture
Ransome                                Singer of the
                                               Southernaires Choir of
                                               San Fernando
 
                                                                                                                                   
Ms. Ella Andall                       Calypsonian/                           Culture/Music
                                                Actress                                               
                                                                                                                                               
Mr. Willard “Relator”             Calypsonian                            Culture
Harris
 
Mr. Donric “Funny”                Calypsonian                            Culture
Williamson
 
Mr. Fred “Composer”             Calypsonian                            Culture
Mitchell
 
Ms. Teniel Campbell               Cyclist                                     Sport
 
Mr. Dylan Carter                     Swimmer                                 Sport
 
Mr. Nicholas Paul                   Cyclist                                     Sport
 
Mr. Kwesi Browne                 Cyclist                                     Sport
 
Mr. Njisane Phillip                  Cyclist                                     Sport
     
             
The Hummingbird Medal
 (BRONZE)
 
 
For Loyal and Devoted
Service to Trinidad and Tobago
Name                                      Status                                     In the Sphere of:
 
 
Ms. Sariah Estrada                  Student of the          –              Gallantry
University of the Southern
Caribbean
 
******      ******      *****
 
The Public Service Medal of Merit
( GOLD)
 
For Outstanding and Meritorious
Service to Trinidad and Tobago
Name                                      Status                                     In the Sphere of:
 
Mr. Michael Scott                   Retired Teacher                       Arts/Community Service
(Posthumously)                                              
 
Dr. Oswin Christian Rose       Consumer Law                        Public Service
Specialist
                                                                       
Ms. Beryl Irma Brewster        Senior Nursing                        Public Service/Health
                                                Lecturer                                                          
                                   
Mr. Prem Premanand             Retired Industrial                    Medicine
Nandlal                                   Chemist
 
Dr. Rasheed Usman Adam     Medical Doctor/                      Public Service/Medicine
Neurosurgeon                                                             
                                               
Mr. Ronald Richardson          Retired Teacher II                   Community Service/Education
                                                           
Mr. Bronson Berry Merritt      Retired School                        Education/ Public Service
                                                Supervisor III                                                 
 
Mr. Teddy Brathwaite            Retired Deputy                       Public Service/Defence Force
(Posthumously)           Commissioner of Prisons                                           
 
 
Mr. Liaquat Ali Shah              Chief Executive                      Public Service
Officer/ Chemical
Engineer
 
Ms. Camille Hosein                 Retired Principal                     Education/Public Service
 
 
Mr. Francis Seupaul                Retired Principal                     Education/Community Service
(Posthumously)                                                                                                          
 
Mrs. Lynette Lalla-Chote       Retired Principal                     Education/Community Service
 
Dr. Lester Efebo Wilkinson    Retired Ambassador               Public Service
Permanent Secretary/
Consultant
 
Mr. Mahmud Sultan Dean      Retired Barrister                     Public Service
Aziz                                         at Law
 
 
 
Medal for the Development of Women
 (GOLD)
 
For Outstanding Contribution to
the Development of Women’s Rights and Issues in Trinidad and Tobago
Name                                      Status                                     In the Sphere of:
 
Dr. Krishendaye Rampersad   Writer, Journalist,                    Journalism/Development of Women
Multimedia
of Muti-Cultural Heritage
Sustainable Development
                                                Educator

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